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Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

March 21, 2005




Allentown, PA -Donna Lopiano, former All-American softball player and the executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation, has joined the roster of speakers at the upcoming 2nd Annual Spirit of Women in Sports Event at Cedar Crest College. The event will be held on Monday, April 11 at 7 pm in Lees Hall. Lopiano joins the previously announced Olympic and world-cup soccer champion, Julie Foudy, on the evening program.

Lopiano is consistently listed among the top executives in the sports industry in publications such as The Sporting News and Sports Business Journal and considered an expert on Title IX and gender equity issues. She received her Bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University and her Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. She has been a college coach of men's and women's volleyball, and women's basketball, and softball. She was a college athletic program administrator for 23 years, most notably at the University of Texas at Austin where for an 18-year period as Director of Women's Athletics, she ran one of the top Division I programs in the county. As an athlete, she participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams. She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame, the Texas Women's Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame among others. A prolific writer and speaker, she is a champion of equal opportunity for women in sport and the ethical conduct of educational sports.

Lopiano comes to Cedar Crest having recently received the International Olympic Committee's USA/America Women and Sports Trophy for 2005. Hailed as “Defender of the cause of women in sport,” Lopiano received the award in a ceremony at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland that was held in honor of International Women’s Day. Lopiano is one of only five women receiving awards from the International Olympic Committee this year.

The Women’s Sports Foundation, which Lopiano serves as executive director, is a charitable educational organization founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King. It seeks to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The Foundation’s Participation, Education, Advocacy, Research and Leadership programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions. The Women’s Sports Foundation is among the top grant-giving public women's funds in the United States, distributing between $500,000 - 1 million in grants to girls' and women's sports programs each year. The Foundation is located in Nassau County, N.Y.

Julie Foudy has become a household name around the globe as being one of the best female soccer players in the world. Best known as the current co-captain and 17-year veteran of the U.S. Women's National Team, she won the Gold Medal in the 2004 and 1996 Olympic Games, and the Silver Medal in the 2000 Olympic Games. She was one of the founding players of the first-ever Women's Professional Soccer league, the WUSA. Within that league, she played midfield for the San Diego Spirit, where she reigned as captain. She is also a voting player representative on the WUSA Board of Governors.

She was named 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year and the 1989 Soccer America Freshman of the Year, a Hermann Trophy finalist in 1991 and 1992, and the team's MVP for three consecutive years, 1989-1991 and won Stanford's Outstanding Athlete Award for her freshman, sophomore & junior years. Her four-year stint at Stanford earned her the title of Los Angeles Times Soccer Player of the Decade with a resume of 52 goals, 32 assists and a total of 136 points.

Foudy debuted with the national team in 1987 at age of 16. She played with Team USA when they captured the 1991 inaugural FIFA Women's World Championship in China, playing every minute of the game. She was also a member of the 1999 team that captured the 1999 FIFA World Championship in the U.S. Foudy then went on to co-captain the team that won the 2000 Algarve Cup.

Foudy is an active voice in building gender equality in sports as well as combating teen smoking abuse. She is the past President of the Women's Sports Foundation and was most recently named one of the "Most Powerful People" in sports from The Sporting News. She is also the spokesperson for Uniroyal Tire and works with the company in their efforts to support youth soccer around the country.

The general public is invited to attend Donna Lopiano and Julie Foudy's presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11th in Lees Hall at Cedar Crest College. General admission tickets are $10 each or three for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.

Media inquiries please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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